Top Alameda Speller Qualifies for State Bee

Alameda County Office of Education photo. Ella Banchieri displays her second-place spelling bee trophy. Banchieri is flanked by left, Aisha Knowles, Alameda County Board of Education Trustees and right, Dawn O’Connor, Director of STEM and Science Partnership at the Alameda County Office of Education.

Alameda’s top speller, Ella Banchieri, an eighth grader at Lincoln Middle School, has been certified as an Alameda County Champion and will represent the county at the California State Spelling Bee, Saturday, May 4. Banchieri took second place at the Alameda County Junior High Spelling Bee on March 16. She came behind first-place speller Anisha Rao, an eighth grader at Fallon Middle School in the Dublin Unified School District.

Two students from each county who have been certified as County Champions by their County Coordinator may advance to the state-level competition. The Marin County Office of Education coordinates the California State Junior High Spelling Bee Championship for students in grades seven through nine. The state bee is held at Miller Creek Middle School in San Rafael.